The moment we entered the venue, I was awestruck by the lights and decorations. Festive atmosphere was in the air. The place was very crowded and we had a tough time communicating with locals as they spoke only Malayalam and we were the centre of attention because of our huge backpacks. After futile attempts of communicating through sign language, we finally found a person who could speak English and explained him the reason for being there. This person was so sweet that he arranged a person from organising committee to explain us the story behind this ritual.
Some facts about Theyyam:
#There are approximately 400 types of Theyyam. Some happen every year and some happen rarely. The one which we happened to see was happening after 90 years.
#The dance or invocation is generally performed in front of the village shrine. There is no curtain or stage.
#Every Theyyam performance has a story behind it depending on the region. Theyyam is considered to be god and all the people seek blessings from it.
#It is an opportunity for the District people and all the family and Friends who are staying abroad or out of the district to get together and be a part of this ritual.I feel blessed to be a part of this ritual and the actual performance gives you goosebumps ,A feeling which cannot be explained in words.